Some time ago, I discovered that one of our local stores is now carrying Origins Skincare! Origins is a brand that I’ve used on and off in the past and, now, with easier access, I was keen to rediscover it! As we are a travel jurisdiction, there are exclusive kits sold here which aren’t necessarily available in regular retail (but which can be found in other travel jurisdictions and airport duty free). This trio of Origins Skincare Face Masks caught my eye.
This travel exclusive set retails for $62.00 BSD (which is equivalent to USD). Each mask is a full size (3.4 fl. oz./100 ml) and they are usually sold for $25.00 – so with the kit you save about $13.00. Touted as a composition of masks for every climate condition, included are: the Drink up Intensive Mask, the Clear Improvement Charcoal Mask and the 10 Minute Out of Trouble Mask. I purchased the kit about two months ago and am ready to offer my thoughts…
The Drink up Intensive Mask is the hydrating one. It is a thick, creamy mask that feels like a really, really rich moisturizer and is geared toward dry to very dry skin.
Origins says: Put dry skin to bed with this ultra-rich, hydrating overnight mask. Avocado and Apricot Kernel Oils deeply and instantly quench compromised moisture reserves and help build a reservoir for tomorrow. While Japanese Seaweed helps repair skin’s barrier to prevent future dehydration and signs of premature aging. Skin awakens comfortable, refreshed, supple.
As my skin is oily-combo, I don’t tend to wear this overnight. Instead, I use it whenever my skin is feel parched and leave it on for about an hour. Sometimes, I’ll multi-mask and use this on the drier areas of my face (cheeks) while using a different mask on the oily areas. It does have a really calming affect and plumps the skin.
A charcoal-based mask aimed at all skin types, the Clear Improvement Mask promises to clear pores.
Origins says: Nature’s complexion clean-up crew clears the way for skin to act its best. Bamboo Charcoal acts like a magnet to draw out deep-dwelling pore-cloggers, White China Clay absorbs environmental toxins, Lecithin dissolves impurities. Skin looks clear, feels perfectly pure.
This mask also has a creamy consistency (which, perhaps, isn’t expected) and doesn’t completely dry down (unless you leave it on for an extended period of time). So, if you have oily skin but don’t like the tightness that most clay masks have, this may be something to consider. That being said, I don’t find that the mask does much for my skin to be honest – other than leave it really clean feeling. There is also a slight tingling/burning sensation that may put some off. Sometimes, I combine the Charcoal Mask with the Drink Up Intensive when I’m multi-masking (as mentioned above).
The Out of Trouble Mask is the thickest and heaviest of the masks, designed for oily, acne prone skin.
Origins says: When skin is too-slick or more pressing problems start to pop up, Origins is here to keep skin Out Of Trouble. Super-absorbent Zinc Oxide and Sulfur plus calming Camphor rapidly soak up oily-shine, slough off dead cells and sweep away debris. Together they steer skin clear of slippery situations, refine rough texture and pull the plug on troublemakers to help prevent potential outbursts.
I use the Out of Trouble Mask more like a spot treatment than an all over face mask and I’ve actually been limiting how often I apply it because it does contain small amounts of salicylic acid, an ingredient I’m trying to avoid at the moment. The main oil and acne fighting ingredients, however, are sulfur and camphor (which can cause a “tingling” sensation). I’ve found this it does do a good job of reducing the severity of a breakout and drying out those pimples.
For those with sensitive skin bear in mind that Origins products tend to contain fragrant oils which, though “natural”, may be irritating to some.
Are you a fan of Origins Skincare? What are some of your favorite products? Have you tried any of these masks?
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